Posts Tagged ‘Moshe Weinfeld’

Ekev 5781

July 27, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 25th, 2021

Deut. 10:12   And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God demand of you? Only this: to revere the Lord your God, to walk only in His paths, to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, 13 keeping the Lord’s commandments and laws, which I enjoin upon you today, for your good.

Why does this verse resemble Micah 6:8 — and what does that verse mean by הצנע לכת ‘walking humbly’?  Not everyone agrees that humility is what Micah is calling for.  The NJPS translation of Mic 6:9, plus some poetic parallelism, will give us a clue.

This week’s handout: 46 Ekev 5781

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Va-etchanan 5781

July 20, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 18th, 2021

Deut. 5:23/26    For what mortal ever heard the voice of the living God [אֱלֹהִ֨ים חַיִּ֜ים] speak out of the fire, as we did, and lived?

What does the living God mean?  Why is living plural?  And exactly which verse are we talking about anyway?  All that and more on Torah Talk this week.

This week’s handout: 45 Va-etchanan 5781

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Devarim 5781

July 13, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 11th, 2021

Deut. 1:41   You all girded yourselves with war gear and recklessly started [‏וַתָּהִ֖ינוּ לַעֲלֹ֥ת] for the hill country.

What on God’s green earth does va-tahinu mean?  And why does Numbers describe what the Israelites did with an almost as unusual a verb, va-ta’apilu?

This week’s handout: 44 Devarim 5781

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Ekev 5780

August 4, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 2nd, 2020

Deut 8:9 says that Israel is “a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you can mine copper” — which leaves me with 2 questions.

(1)  Is it true? (2) Why are they telling us this now?

This week’s handout: 46 Ekev 5780

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• click here for the Haaretz article “How Was Iron Smelted in Ancient Israel? Researchers Build Kilns to Find Out”
• click here for “Mineral Deposits in Israel: A Contemporary View”
• click here for even more about iron mines in Israel

Va-etchanan 5780

July 28, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 26th, 2020

Deut 7:9 says that God “keeps His covenant faithfully to the thousandth generation of those who love Him and keep His commandments” — but “commandments” is spelled as if it were singular.  Is this a misspelling, an old-fashioned spelling, or something more significant?

This week’s handout: 45 Va-etchanan 5780

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For much more than you want to know about this suffix, see “The Morphological Development of the 3 M. Sg. Pronominal Suffix on Plural Nouns in Classical Hebrew,” by Jeremy Hutton et al., in 2 parts, in Hebrew Studies 59 (2018) and 60 (2019).